2014-07-25 / Letters

Powerless Pols

Dear Editor:

When I hear all that dribble about Community Boards, it is shocking to realize how the people are brainwashed by the city. Maybe that’s what floats their boats. Then I guess it’s OK to remain in a stupor.

Community Boards have no say at all in governing. The ones appointing all of the members are the borough presidents, and they too, the borough presidents, have no power in government. Zippo, zilch nada. That’s the way it has been since the Board of Estimate, which was our governing power up till 1990, was closed down by a federal court because they were declared unconstitutional. It was the one man, one vote concept; Brooklyn having more than 2 million people and Staten Island having 300,000 people. The power at that time was turned over to the City Council rendering borough presidents as useless as teats on a boar. The city felt sorry for them and allowed them to stay on and make believe they still had some power left.

That's what corruption does. Look at all the money the city would save if they outlawed the already outlawed by the federal court, borough presidents and their fake form of Community Boards which are only used for pit stops for people running for public office, especially the mayor. He has a built in staff, ready willing and able to campaign for him and his cronies on the taxpayers’ dime right out of the Borough Halls. New York is drowning in corruption, but the people love it. Obviously.

I don’t think they could survive without it. They love to get shafted and they don’t even have a mine.

JOHN BAXTER

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